Book Review: The Arab Winter: A Tragedy – Veterans Today

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The Arab Winter: A Tragedy, by Noah Feldman. Princeton University Press. Hardcover: ISBN: 9780691194929

Noah Feldman, author of the Arab Winter contends that the Arab Spring did not accomplish what it set out to do—Bring self-government to the Middle East by ending dictatorship.  Only Tunisia escaped the continual civil war, extremist terror, and continued dictatorship. While this time was an ultimate failure to eliminate what it set out to do, this was the first time Arabic-speaking people took a stab at uniting for a collective political action to try to end civil war and dictatorship.  The author postulates that the Arab Spring did not really have a chance at success.

In the Arab Winder, Feldman provides an account of political consequences as he discusses the Syrian Civil War, the Egyptian revolution and counterrevolution, the Tunisian struggle toward Islamic constitutionalism, and the rise and fall of ISIS in Iraq and Syria. He wants the world to take note that there were some successes, at least for a while. The effort to strive for constitutional democracy was an effort well put forth.  While awakening to constitutional democracy was not immediately successful, it will have hopefully created a path to future successes. 

Chapters you will read include: The People Want, Tahir and the Problem of Agency, Syria and the Question of Fault, The Islamic State of Utopia, Tunisia and Political Responsibility, and the afterword: Catharsis….Carol 

About the author: Noah Feldman is the Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the author of many books, including The Three Lives of James Madison, The Fall and Rise of the Islamic State (Princeton), and What We Owe Iraq (Princeton). A contributing writer for Bloomberg Opinion and the host of the podcast Deep Background, he lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Twitter @NoahRFeldman

Carol graduated from Riverside White Cross School of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio and received her diploma as a registered nurse. She attended Bowling Green State University where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Literature. She attended the University of Toledo, College of Nursing, and received a Master’s of Nursing Science Degree as an Educator.

She has traveled extensively, is a photographer, and writes on medical issues. Carol has three children RJ, Katherine, and Stephen – two daughters-in-law; Suzy and Katie – two granddaughters; Isabella Marianna and Zoe Olivia – and one grandson, Alexander Paul. She also shares her life with husband Gordon Duff, many cats, and two rescue pups.

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